by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Die schlanke Wasserlilie
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE ITA
  Die schlanke Wasserlilie
Schaut träumend empor aus dem See;
Da grüßt der Mond herunter
Mit lichtem Liebesweh.

  Verschämt senkt sie [das]1 Köpfchen
Wieder [hinab]2 zu den Welln --
Da sieht sie zu ihren Füßen
Den armen [blassen]3 Geselln.

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Confirmed with: Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun, [1887], page 244

1 Pfitzner: "ihr"
2 Pfitzner: "zurück"
3 omitted by Pfitzner

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Frank Valentin Van der Stucken.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887) , "Die schlanke Wasserlilie", appears in Poems Selected from Heinrich Heine, ed. by Kate Freiligrath Kroeker, London: Walter Scott, Limited, page 197, first published 1887 ; composed by Walter H. Arnold, George Frederick Boyle.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Edward Bruce.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Samuel C. Colburn.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Gwendolyn Avril Coleridge-Taylor.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Denys H. H. Grayson.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by G. Jorissenne ; composed by Boleslav Viktorovich Grodzky.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by G. Jorissenne ; composed by Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Hans Schmidt (1854 - 1923) ; composed by Boleslav Viktorovich Grodzky, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Count (1817 - 1875) ; composed by Dmitry Mikheyevich Melkikh, Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev (1825 - 1893) , no title, first published 1845 ; composed by Sergei Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L'esvelt nenúfar", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) , "The slender waterlily", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Quand l'élégante fleur de nénuphar", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Lo snello giglio d'acqua", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Lawrence Snyder , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

The dreaming water‑lily
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The dreaming water-lily
 From the lake looks up above;
The moon looks down upon her,
 All full of the woes of love.

Ashamed, she droops her head, then,
 Again in the waves so blue,
And lo! at her feet she sees there
 The lover so pale and true.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2012-12-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 48